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Quality candidates

The candidacy of Jim Richards and Jerry Swiacki for Marco Island City Council proves me wrong. I had come to believe that the lack of leadership and competency by the majority of City Council members over the 18 years since Barbara and I moved to Marco Island full-time would discourage truly competent residents from seeking an elected position on our council.

In my opinion, there has been a handful of dedicated, professional and passionate city councilors who worked hard to seize opportunities to improve the quality of life in our city, only to be stymied by so many self-serving, publicity-seeking, narcissistic, unprofessional city councilors who morphed right in front of our eyes into something different than the policies and advancement agendas that got them elected.

As a citizen of Marco Island, I am not looking to be enamored by the individuals making up our City Council. Instead, I am looking for solid, meaningful and positive actions and results benefiting our wonderful city. Marco Island has prospered despite this lack of overall leadership. Think how much better Marco Island could have been with inspirational leadership.

In my business career, when an office, region or district deteriorated to the point of nonproductivity such as is the current state of the Marco Island City Council, I would step in, shut it down, then begin with a totally new organization.

Alas, that is not likely to happen here so we must encourage quality residents such as Swiacki and Richards to put their personal lives aside for the betterment of their city. They are as qualified, dedicated and driven to make the sacrifice necessary to “righten” the ship.

Keith Dameron, Marco Island

Empty agreement

The President Donald Trump-North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreement is an empty drumbeat, repeated again and again over the last 25 years.

There are four points in the agreement. The first point is “to establish new U.S. and DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) relations in accordance with the desire of the people of these two countries for peace and prosperity.” Compare this with the past failed declarations: “Move toward full normalization of political and economic relations” (the October 1994 agreement); “Make every effort in the future to build a new relationship free from past enmity” (the October 2000 agreement); “Respect each other’s sovereignty, exist peacefully together, and take steps to normalize their relations” (the September 2005 agreement), and “Take steps to improve our bilateral relationship in the spirit of mutual respect for sovereignty and equality” (the February 2012 agreement).

The second point is to “join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.” Very similar commitments can be found in the October 2000, the September 2005 and the October 2007 declarations. For example, the October 2007 agreement recognized “the need to end the current armistice regime and build a permanent peace regime.”

The third point is “The DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The September 2005 agreement, “the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful manner,” goes beyond the current statement by adding “verifiable.”

The fourth point is “to recovering POW/MIA remains, including immediate repatriation of those already identified.” Such activities were carried out between 1996 and 2005 and its resumption is overdue.Thanks to Kim for initiating diplomacy and shutting down Trump’s “fire and fury.”

Mukhtar M. Ali, Marco Island

Trump must go

How much do we have to endure with that moron in the White House? This question is on the lips of many more in this country as we continue with this charade.

Albert Fairchild, a retired U.S. diplomat, was quoted as saying, “Trump’s undisciplined mouth can undo in seconds years of constructive work by U.S. diplomats and development experts.” And the University of Pennsylvania’s Kate Dorsch, who dug through the archives of Project Blue Book regarding the Air Force’s accounts of UFO sightings, stated: “Once you set up criteria for what counts as fact, what counts as truth, some will find a way to manipulate that” and “How hard people work to ... dissuade the gullible American people ... .”

His majesty comes to mind. President Donald Trump’s qualifications of expertise come to a dead stop when he exhibits his attempt to know anything regarding the presidency.

Let’s be clear! Do whatever it takes to follow through with impeachment of this embarrassment in the White House, an expert prevaricator and a perfect example of mendacity from the moment he wakes up till the time he turns in.

If recent events can’t persuade those misguided voters, who were easily convinced by his majesty’s unctuous speeches and his anomalous statements while trying to sound intelligent on the podium, then we as U.S. citizens face a dire future.

Dick Murphy, Golden Gate Estates

 

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